SOUTH EUCLID (Ohio) – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats built a 3-1 lead late against the homestanding Notre Dame College Falcons Sunday afternoon in their Mountain East Conference contest.
Then they had to hang on for dear life in the final four minutes of the game and survived with a 3-2 win.
Beth Burchett played a ball from Makatlyn Tucker and found the bottom right corner of the back of the net in the 16th minute to stake Wesleyan to a 1-0 lead.
Regina Poplis answered that goal and tied the contest for Notre Dame with an unassisted goal in the 33rd minute.
The game stayed deadlocked until the 73rd minute when Tucker decided to get into the scoring act herself playing a through ball form Olivia Simmons and drilling it to the right corner of the net past Falcon keeper Jordan Pasalaqua.
Just two minutes later, Kayla Fay headed a ball home from Chrystal Posada to give Wesleyan some much needed breathing room and they certainly needed it, at 3-1.
With just over four minutes remaining, Posada earned a red card leaving the Lady ‘Cats down a player and Notre Dame took advantage of that as Alyssa Wright scored in the 88th minute making it a 3-2 game.
Notre Dame kept the attack coming the final two minutes of the game as they were able to get off two shots, but both went wide of the net.
The Wesleyan victory was the first at Notre Dame since 2015.
The Lady Bobcats trailed in shots-on-goal by a 7-5 margin and in corner kicks by an 8-0 margin.
Wesleyan was guilty of 13 fouls while Notre Dame was called for eight.
Ally Moore made five saves for Wesleyan while Pasalaqua made two for Notre Dame.
It was the first loss of the year for the Falcons as they dropped to 2-1-1 on the year.
The victory improved Wesleyan to 2-1.
Wesleyan will return to action Sunday hosting West Virginia State at 11:30 a.m.
West Virginia Wesleyan 1 2 – 3
Notre Dame 1 1 – 2
West Virginia Wesleyan – Beth Burchett (Makatlyn Tucker assist), 16th minute.
Notre Dame – Regina Ploplis (unassisted), 33rd minute.
West Virginia Wesleyan – Tucker (Olivia Simmons assist), 73rd minute.
West Virginia Wesleyan – Kayla Fay (Chrystal Posada assist), 75th minute.
Notre Dame – Alyssa Wright (unassisted), 88th minute.
Shots-on-goal – West Virginia Wesleyan: 5; Notre Dame: 7.
Corner kicks – West Virginia Wesleyan: 0; Notre Dame: 8.
Fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 13; Notre Dame: 8.
Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Jordan Pasalaqua 2; Notre Dame: Ally Moore 5.